Contact the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire to schedule the installation of new smoke detectors in the home free of charge:  717-255-6464. Pass this information on.

For National Fire Prevention Week October 6th-13th, as released by the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner, Ed Mann: 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires in 2011, resulting in 2,520 civilian deaths and nearly $7 billion in damages.

Working smoke detectors are one of the best ways to prevent fire injury and deaths in a home. Ideally, detectors should be placed in common areas of the home such as the kitchen and living room, as well as in each bedroom. Families should also create and practice an escape plan, so everyone in the home knows how to get out safely in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Additional information about Fire Prevention Week, including free resources for families and teachers, is available online at

Information about how to prevent fires and prepare for all types of emergencies is available online at For more information about the fire service in Pennsylvania, visit, or call 1-800-670-3473.

Tara Leo Auchey

Tara Leo Auchey

Creator & editor of today's the day Harrisburg, started in 2009. Resident, engaged citizen, community activist, teacher, strategist, writer.
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